Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.07
Liaison Adam Maurer
Submission Date March 31, 2021

STARS v2.2

South Seattle College
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Adam Maurer
District Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that is one week or more in length?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:

Seattle Colleges also promotes sustainability in its international outreach efforts through its annual Global Impact programs in countries such as Tanzania, Peru, Vietnam and India. In addition to providing health care outreach, participants are actively involved in infrastructure projects that promote community health and which are green in nature: installing composting toilets and water filters; building efficient stoves in the homes of villagers currently heating and cooking over open fires; establishing organic farming plots for orphanages and garden plots and worm bins for village homes.


Website URL where information about the institution’s immersive education programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The Sustainable Building Science Technology program at South Seattle College provides several opportunities for immersion in the real-world dynamics of sustainability and industry.

The program requires 9 credits of internship related to sustainable building science technology woven throughout the six-quarter program, beginning in the second quarter and ending in the fifth quarter. Students are responsible for securing internships and contracting for each internship in conjunction with his/her site supervisor. Faculty oversee contract development and milestone progress. Students are required to present on their internships.

In addition, students are required to engage in quarter-long projects that connect to industry several times in the program. An example of this is juniors were tasked to create an energy management plan for a facility. Students worked with several types of facilities, gaining access to buildings/systems, interviewing staff, evaluating/analyzing, and finally recommending ECMs (energy conservation measures). This past year students used the following buildings: Google Facilities – Parkview, Ballard Dental Care, Green Bean Coffeehouse, St. George School, WashDoT Ballinger Satellite Maintenance Facility, Westside Unitarian Universalists Congregation, Police Academy Dormitories, Alki Elementary School, Pacific Tower, and a commercial historic building in Kent.

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